Elder Nutrition Program

AGING AND DISABILITIES

County Spending Category
2.7 Food Resources
Federal Expenditure Category
Household Assistance: Food Programs
Project Launch Date
07/01/2022
Anticipated End Date
06/30/2024

Project Contacts

This project does not currently have any contacts

Indicators & Metrics to Date

  • Number of Households Served
    28308
  • Number of Congregate Meals Served
    892360
  • Number of Congregate Meal Clients Served
    21268
  • Number of Home Delivered Meal Clients Served
    7581
  • Number of Congregate Meals Served in Highest to Moderate Risk Areas
    439926
  • Number of Home Delivered Meals Served in Highest to Moderate Risk Areas
    482568
  • Number of Congregate Meals Served in Low to Lowest Risk Areas
    452434
  • Number of Home Delivered Meals Served in Low to Lowest Risk Areas
    299730
  • Number of Congregate Clients Served in Age Categories (60-64; 65-74; 75-84, 85+)
    21268
  • Number of Home Delivered Clients Served in Age Categories (60-64; 65-74; 75-84, 85+)
    7581
  • Number of Home Delivered Meals Served
    782298

Target Populations

Project Description

WDACS has been designated by the California Department of Aging (CDA) to operate as Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Planning Service Area (PSA) 19 under the Older Americans Act (OAA) for all geographic areas of Los Angeles County, except for the City of Los Angeles, which the City Department of Aging serves. This role provides a variety of services, authorized under the OAA and the Older Californians Act (OCA), that promote health, dignity, and well-being of older adults and their family caregivers. One of these programs is the Elderly Nutrition Program (ENP). ENP provides meals to older adults aged 60 and over. Meals are served in a congregate meal setting or delivered to the older adult’s residence. There are over 98 congregate meal sites throughout the County. However, due to the pandemic, the high-risk nature of the older adult population to COVID-19, and related public health restrictions, all meals are delivered to clients at home or through a grab-and-go meal delivery system. Throughout the pandemic, the meal requests for WDACS have reached unprecedented highs as the meals nearly tripled. The pandemic displayed the actual need of older adults to receive proper nutrition and showed food insecurity amongst our target population. The need was so great that WDACS added a new Elderly Nutrition Program Plus, serving approximately 5,600 additional older adults. In Fiscal Year 2020-2021, the ENP meal providers alone served over 4.7 million meals. Five to seven meals are provided weekly by contracted providers and meal plans are approved by registered dieticians. To ensure equitable access to available services, client data of existing 15,000 clients will be geocoded using the COVID-19 Vulnerability and Recovery Index to identify those that reside in highest, high, and moderate need communities. The OAA and the California Code of Regulations (CCR) require that ENP complies with the most recent Dietary Guidelines and the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI). The intent is to ensure that the nutrition services sustain and improve participant health. Menus that follow the Dietary Guidelines and provide one-third of the DRIs in each meal help to prevent nutrient deficiencies and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Goals & Objectives

Goal Description The ENP strives to provide 15,000 older adults (ages 60+) with nutritious meals and better access to meals that are approved for the dietary benefit of their age group to reduce adverse health outcomes.

Objective Description 15,000 older adults will receive five (5) to seven (7) healthy meals per week through a home delivery or congregate or grab-and-go delivery service during the project period through June of 2024.

Activity Description Offer congregate meals 5 times per week for older adults to receive their meals
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
11 Service Delivery Number of Congregate Meals Served
33 Service Delivery Number of Congregate Meal Clients Served

Activity Description Offer 5 to 7 home delivered meals to older adult clients
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
1 Service Delivery Number of Home Delivered Meals Served
13 Service Delivery Number of Home Delivered Meal Clients Served

Outcome Description The results the Elderly Nutrition Program strives to achieve when providing access to meals for older adults.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
1 Service Delivery Number of Home Delivered Meals Served
11 Service Delivery Number of Congregate Meals Served
13 Service Delivery Number of Home Delivered Meal Clients Served
33 Service Delivery Number of Congregate Meal Clients Served

Goal Description To address the food security needs of 15,000 of the most vulnerable older adults (ages 60+) in LA County, older adults will receive home delivery or grab-and-go delivery services during the project period through June 2024.

Objective Description Provide nutritional meals to vulnerable older adults.

Activity Description Congregate Meals for vulnerable older adults.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
18 Service Delivery Number of Congregate Meals Served in Highest to Moderate Risk Areas
26 Service Delivery Number of Congregate Meals Served in Low to Lowest Risk Areas
39 Service Delivery Number of Congregate Clients Served in Age Categories (60-64; 65-74; 75-84, 85+)

Activity Description Home Delivered Meals for vulnerable older adults.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
19 Service Delivery Number of Home Delivered Meals Served in Highest to Moderate Risk Areas
27 Service Delivery Number of Home Delivered Meals Served in Low to Lowest Risk Areas
40 Service Delivery Number of Home Delivered Clients Served in Age Categories (60-64; 65-74; 75-84, 85+)

Outcome Description Strengthening food security amongst LA County older adults.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
18 Service Delivery Number of Congregate Meals Served in Highest to Moderate Risk Areas
19 Service Delivery Number of Home Delivered Meals Served in Highest to Moderate Risk Areas
26 Service Delivery Number of Congregate Meals Served in Low to Lowest Risk Areas
27 Service Delivery Number of Home Delivered Meals Served in Low to Lowest Risk Areas
39 Service Delivery Number of Congregate Clients Served in Age Categories (60-64; 65-74; 75-84, 85+)
40 Service Delivery Number of Home Delivered Clients Served in Age Categories (60-64; 65-74; 75-84, 85+)

Goal Description To reduce the risk of exposure of 15,000 older adults to the COVID-19 virus, ENP will provide them with meal services that enable them to stay at home, therefore reducing the frequency of contact with people outside of their households.

Objective Description Delivery of meals to households.

Activity Description Home delivered meals to older adults to reduce Covid-19 exposure
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
13 Service Delivery Number of Home Delivered Meal Clients Served

Outcome Description Home delivered meal clients have a reduced risk of exposure to Covid 19.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
13 Service Delivery Number of Home Delivered Meal Clients Served